Chefs' Toys Blog

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Expert Product Advice For Commercial Chefs

How to Clean an Ice Machine

It sounds like such a simple thing – cleaning an ice machine. But in our experience, this type of process can become really stressful, and concerns can lurk in the back of a restaurant manager’s mind. Why is it important to keep your ice machine clean? Well, for one thing, …

Important Things To Consider When Choosing Food Wells

A good set of food wells or in-counter warmers can be great for your restaurant  business. Here are some of the important things to think about as you’re choosing this kind of food well commercial restaurant equipment. Why Use Food / Soup Wells? Different people use different terminology for these …

Steam Table Buying Guide

For any restaurant or food service business that wants to keep food at countertop level and heat it to safe temperatures, steam tables can be an excellent purchase and a vital part of daily operations. These kinds of restaurant equipment do a lot for restaurant people. They are a key …

Commercial Food Warmers Buying Guide

For the most part, those huge open buffets that we used to love are out of the equation, at least for now. But restaurant operators still need different kinds of commercial food warmers and heated tray areas to keep all of their creations at safe temperatures, and ready for serving. …

Walk-In Refrigerator and Freezer Buying Guide

What do you need in a new walk-in refrigerator or freezer unit? It can be a complicated question. These integrated facilities are, in some ways, the heart of your kitchen. Walk-in cooler and refrigerator installations keep your inventory at proper ‘cold chain’ or HACCP-safe temperatures until it’s time to take …

How To Start Recycling Cooking Oil

It may not be the biggest thing on your radar as you manage a busy kitchen, but after a while, as they turnover tables time and time again, many restaurant owners and managers will have a chance to wonder – what should I do with my used cooking oil? First …

Building Your Backyard Grilling Station

It’s a new summer, and with covid vaccines on the way, home chefs are starting out boldly, to imagine a season that’s kind of like the old days – where you serve up sizzling meat to friends, family and neighbors (or whoever stops by), with your trusty tools in hand, …

Maximize Your Outdoor Dining This Summer

As we gear up for bigger post-covid crowds this summer, take a look at your outdoor cooking equipment and your grilling and cooking supplies to see how you can make more out of your outdoor dining space. Yes, COVID-19 vaccinations are coming out, and some people are more comfortable with …

A Return To Indoor Dining

If you’ve been managing some kind of restaurant, we don’t have to spell it out for you. There were the initial months when hardly anything was happening – then those early efforts to try to re-engineer your business for takeout – then further spikes and changes in policy. Many food …

Commercial Work Table Buying Guide

Every busy kitchen needs available counter space for everything from food prep to equipment stations and space for active appliances. Buyers will have to figure out how much activity is going on in the kitchen, and what kinds of work processes have to be supported on a regular basis, while …